Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Clothkits and Karate

This dress has been on the 'to do' list for well over 18 months. I thought I had better do it before Evie was too big to wear it. I love these kits from Clothkits. They are so simple and quick and look great when finished. I didn't include the pleat at the back of the pinafore as it fit Evie fine as it is. The only thing I didn't like was that the pattern was printed the wrong way down the corduroy - I prefer the nap running down my clothes, but that is my only small complaint,

There were new clothes for the other two today as well - new Karate uniforms which made them very excited (and yes I know they are tied on all wrong, they really wanted to do it themselves).

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Simple Softies

Simple Softies arrived in my mail box this morning! I love it (and not just because Zelda Zinnia is in it)!
Eva agrees she has read it a few times today and told me what she'e like me to make for her.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


I am madly sewing for Upmarket this Sunday. There are half made toys everywhere, but the pile of finished ones is getting bigger. I hadn't made any of these for a while...
or any rabbits. I have had to hide all of them as the girls love them and keep trying to sneak them out of my sewing room. Apparently about 10 of Mum's softies each in the bed just isn't enough.
What is on the bedside table? I have just finished In the Winter Dark by Tim Winton. Perfect to read in this winter weather, very eerie and set not far from here. I have just started The Time Traveler's Wife and I am enjoying it. I borrowed Wild Colour by Jenny Dean from the library and will definitely be buying a copy when it is re-released.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Small Quilts

The sun is out and the weather is beautiful today.We have had my sister and her family over this weekend and have been to the Golden Valley Tree Park in Balingup to walk in the sun this morning. Now it is back to the sewing machine - one more week until Upmarket. I am taking some small quilts including these three which I photographed in the sun this morning.

Friday, June 18, 2010


A new skirt, easy and quick. A bit of IKEA fabric, a few seams, back zip, some binding and a hem. Finished.

I have been using the scraps from my giraffes for elephants. I do love all of Kaffe Fassetts spotty dotty fabric.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Good washing

This is the kind of washing I like doing.

Have you seen the new design feature in blogger? Lots of fun to play around with.
Back to sewing - just over a week until Upmarket.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Hair and New Boots

It was time for a new hair colour. My hair has been getting darker as I get older (it was white as a child) and so I thought I would try getting it dyed closer to its real colour.
It is almost the same colour as these fab boots that arrived in the mail. Cherry red Dr Martens that are oh so comfy (I am wearing them as I type). I have quite wide feet that grew with both my pregnancies and I consider comfortable shoes a necessity. My grandmother had polio as a child and had feet different sizes and for years were squished into shoes the wrong size and she had horrible feet problems. She was always telling us to wear good shoes that fit so who am I to disagree? Dr Martens fit perfectly and last forever. I bought them here on ebay.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

And the Winner Is ......

The winner of the giveaway is Abbe from Copper Patch!

Thuja Socks and PDF Patterns

These poor socks were started 2 years go and the cold weather this week gave me the kick start to get them finished. All the details are here.
There is still time to enter the giveaway. I will draw the winner later tonight.

After a few requests I am slowly turning my patterns into downloadable PDF files and will add them to my Etsy Shop and Bigcartel shop as I finish them. They will be exactly the same as the the patterns that are mailed to you but I will email them to you as a PDF.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010


It is giveaway time! While sorting fabric on the weekend I realised I had 2 of these layer cakes so I thought I would give one away. It is Happy Campers by American Jane for Moda, and will also include 3 of my patterns that you can use a layer cake to make.

The rules are simple - leave a comment by Sunday night Western Australian time and I will randomly choose a winner. Open to everyone wherever you are.
Now I am heading back to the couch near the fire to sew bindings on these cot quilts and talk to Evie while she plays.

Monday, June 07, 2010

The Process Pledge

The Process Pledge

I have been planning on making a wallhanging/quilt for my Dad for at least a year. I have some ideas. I have some fabric, but I haven't been able to commit enough to start to cut and sew.

So I am taking the process pledge. I am not giving myself a timeline and there will be no pressure. I am just going to see what evolves.

I come from a farm in the wheatbelt where Dad has lived his entire life (in the same farm in the same house). I really love aerial pictures of the paddocks and so does Dad. We live under a flight path and I know Dad can pick the wheat bin near our house from a plane. So this is my idea - a quilt based on looking down on the farm.

In these bundles of hand dyed fabrics.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Sewing and Cooking

A small version of my Through the Square Window quilt pattern using Hunky Dory from Moda.
Love this fabric. It is girly without being too girly. In my shop.
I have some plans for this long weekend. It is Chris' birthday today and mine yesterday. Each year I find some outrageously chocolatey desert and make it for us. This year it is the Chocolate Mousse Cake from the last Donna Hay Magazine. Umm 400g of good chocolate in the mousse. If you don't hear from me for a while I'll just be lying down recovering.
Tomorrow I amd planning on making the Massaman Curry form Thai Food. A seriously delicious curry.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

In Progress

Trimming half square triangles.
Cutting and sewing strips.
Little lamb girls.